Day in history for April 10, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Good improved farms in Rock Island County are now selling at $20 to $25 an acre and unimproved land at $5 to $7. Only two years ago land could still be claimed at $1.25 an acre.

1879 -- 125 years ago
John Frederick Wolferz, 80, died this morning. He had served in the Prussian Army, was in the Florida War and the Mexican War. For 30 years he had made knives, forks and spoons in this city, doing first class work.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Fire destroyed the Galesburg High School. Two firemen were killed by a falling wall.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A site, 42nd Street and 22nd Avenue, Rock Island, has been selected for the proposed Denkmann Grade School.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A wild raccoon, first spotted atop McCabe's store sign, attracted scores of spectators in downtown Rock Island. After police and firemen had been called and a fire ladder raised, the coon scampered along a ledge of the Rock Island Bank Building and crouched beside an air conditioning unit of the Dr. R.M. Criswell office. The coon was captured later after it jumped.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A conrete gold lion statue was stolen and a metal statue damaged Monday evening at the Stardust Motel, 1166 19th St., Moline. An employee told police the lion was stolen and an arm was torn from a metal statue after 5 p.m. Monday. The items were valued at more than $150.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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